The church is meant to be . . .
The church today is hardly like the church modeled in the book of Acts. I'm not sure what happened over the course of 2,000 years, but we need to get back to our roots.
- •Spirit LedFilled with the Holy Spirit, pentecostal, or whatever you want to call it. The church must fully rely on the Spirit of God to lead and direct them. If everyone is being led by the Holy Spirit then they are all of one accord.
- •Devoted to the apostles teaching and to fellowshipIt is important to first understand what Jesus has done for us all. And we can better understand the Bible with the perspectives of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Having people around to encourage us and hold us accountable is a vital part of the church.
- •Like a familyLiving side-by-side day and night, not just on Sundays and Wednesdays. Helping one another when there is a need, whether it be financially, emotionally, physically, mentally, or spiritually. Not allowing differences to separate us.
- •GrowingThe Bible describes believers as the body of Christ, and a body is growing, reproducing, and replenishing.
- •Acts 2:42-47Many people argue that church isn't like this now because this is a different time. Some think "just because Israelites HAD to come together in this manner, it only applies to their certain situation" (exiled from the community). But the rules of canon would say otherwise. One of the qualifications for canonicity is that the text must apply to future and past generations. Read the scripture for yourself, and tell us what you think. http://bible.com/111/act.2.42-47.niv